Convicted Millionaire Murderer Robert Durst Dies in Prison at Age 78

Robert Durst, a convicted murderer and disgraced real estate heir, died in prison on Jan. 10 at age 78 while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife, Kathleen Durst.

In a statement, The California Department of Corrections and Rehab said that Durst died of natural causes at 6:44 a.m. local time while being treated at an outside hospital.

Durst had been suffering from numerous medical issues, including bladder cancer.

The coroner in San Joaquin County will determine an exact cause of death, the California Department said.

Durst was serving life in prison after pleading guilty in September to killing his friend, Susan Berman, in 2000 to stop her from talking to police about Kathleen’s disappearance.

Kathleen disappeared in 1982 and her body has never been found. Authorities legally declared her dead in 2017.

Last November, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in New York formally indicted Durst for the murder of Kathleen.

In a statement, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said that they plan to make further information surrounding the case available to the public, to the extent allowed by law, in the coming days, in light of Durst’s death.

“After 40 years spent seeking justice for her death, I know how upsetting this news must be for Kathleen Durst’s family,” Western County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said.

“We had hoped to allow them the opportunity to see Mr. Durst finally face charges for Kathleen’s murder because we know that all families never stop wanting closure, justice, and accountability,” Rocah further said.

Durst appeared in an HBO documentary series about himself titled, “The Jinx,” where he unwittingly confessed to murder.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” Durst said while still wearing a hot microphone.


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